Kalahari Resort and Conference offers unique vacation and convention experiences to its guests at its four facilities in the U.S. With three highly active networks to manage—corporate, PCI, and guest—the CISO implemented Armis to achieve deeper and broader visibility into network devices, users, and traffic. The successful deployment led to additional use cases that have significantly enhanced operations and saved time by zeroing in on key areas of focus.
Kalahari Resort and Conventions are full-service African-themed vacation and conference destinations in the U.S., with world-class accommodations, state-of-the-art meeting and convention facilities, and America’s largest indoor waterparks. Currently, there are four Kalahari Resort locales: Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Sandusky, Ohio; Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania; and Round Rock, Texas. In addition, Kalahari Resort properties include a golf course and corporate headquarters.
Tim Everson has served as CISO at Kalahari Resort for three years as part of the leadership team responsible for roughly 30 IT professionals. He’s involved at a hands-on level with all things security—design, architecture, implementation, strategy, compliance, and guest issues.
At Kalahari Resort, Everson and his team oversee multiple environments: the corporate infrastructure, the payment card industry (PCI) infrastructure, a large guest network, and audio/video facilities. Everson was prompted to evaluate Armis because he was increasingly concerned about lack of visibility into all these areas. After running a seamless proof of value (PoV) at the Wisconsin Dells facility, Everson was convinced that Armis was exactly what he was looking for.
“Armis stood out from other vendors, mainly because of its ease of use, simplicity, straightforward interfaces, plug-and-play deployment, and its ability to segment, view, sort, and alert. The time to value was immediate, hands down. We were able to get in and get things done on day one,” he says. “Armis is great at finding everything in my environment. I’m seeing what I need to see and really appreciate the functions I did not have before.”
In addition, Everson and his team are taking full advantage of Armis’s extensive integration capabilities, which will enable them to get more value from existing tools. They have already completed integrations with Microsoft Active Directory; vCenter Server, the centralized management utility for VMware; Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), a protocol for collecting and organizing data about managed devices on networks; and one of the many wireless vendor integrations that Armis provides. In the near future, Everson and his team also plan to utilize other wired and wireless endpoint equipment vendor and endpoint security integrations.